PASTOR’S CORNER

God is Not Safe

In The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, part of the Chronicles of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis, the main characters are finding out about the lion, Aslan, the King of Narnia from Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Here is the often-quoted exchange: “Who is Aslan?” asked Susan. “Aslan?” said Mr. Beaver, “Why don’t you know? He’s the King… It is …

Finding Myself

“The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs’, all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented— as an author invents characters …

A Tribute

In Memory of Matthew Charles Ryan, July 6, 1931-February 24, 2021      During this month’s Pastor Corner, I would like to pay tribute to my dear father-in-law, Matthew Charles Ryan.  Chuck was a true father figure to me and a consummate Christian gentleman. There is so much I could say about Chuck’s noble character but I will only mention a …

Gaining Wisdom

Psalm 90 is a prayer showing the great contrast between God who is eternal and us who are both finite and sinful.  Psalm 90:1,2 describes who God is and what He is like in these words, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even …

Be IN Christ

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, I started a new series for our Wednesday evening Bible Study entitled “Union with Christ.”  This series strikes at the very heart of our identity as Christians, that we are in Christ. This is a very common way for the New Testament writers, especially the apostle Paul, to describe followers of Jesus Christ.  When we …

Hope for a Better Year

Did you try to make New Year resolutions or wish to turn your mind to thoughts of a better new year only to find your mind filled with thoughts of the seemingly unending difficulties from 2020?  This new year of 2021 is unique as we desperately wish to place the tensions of 2020 far behind us.  You require no exhaustive …

JOY

Sometimes when we use a word, we can mean very different things.  As we approach Advent and Christmas, I realize the same thing can be said about what different people mean by the “joy” of this season.  Often folks wish one another a Merry Christmas or a joyous Christmas season, really meaning they hope we are happy during the holidays.  …

Promises Fulfilled in the New Testament

In the writings of the New Testament, we see the fulfillment of the promises of God in the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This month I will concentrate on the importance of reading through the New Testament and focusing on the amazing details of our God becoming fully man.  The New Testament books can be divided into …

The Old Testament Testifies About Jesus

This month we continue on with the theme of reading Scripture with a daily systematic plan in mind.  The plan I utilize as I read through Scripture is the Lectionary found in the front of the Reformed Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  In utilizing this plan, I am not suggesting this is the only way to read the Scriptures, but …

Hope in the Psalms

Where do you go for a source of help?  How do you decide how to live in this world?  Where do you find hope and encouragement? The Apostle Paul tells us this in Romans 15:4-6, “4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God …

Truly Forgiven

Have you ever found yourself thinking or even obsessing over your sins? Feeling depressed and thinking things like, “I’ll never be good enough, or I never seem to conquer this sin.” While we definitely must acknowledge our sins, God has not called us to constant navel-gazing!  That will keep us so self-absorbed that we do not move forward with sanctification …

Patience is Being Slow to Anger

We hear these words in Exodus 34:5-7 as God reveals Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai, “5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by …

Pastor Cedric Benner

Pastor Benner has a BA in Bible from Bryan College in Dayton and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.